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Also Known As: Andrew Samuel Griffith Died: July 3, 2012
Born: June 1, 1926 Cause of Death: Heart Attack
Birth Place: Mount Airy, North Carolina, USA Profession: actor, writer, comedian, teacher

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With his folksy, down-to-earth charm and winning smile, actor Andy Griffith brought a warm sincerity to his most popular roles - small-town Sheriff Andy Taylor on "The Andy Griffith Show" (CBS, 1960-68) and the crafty southern lawyer Ben Matlock on "Matlock" (NBC/ABC, 1986-1995). Prior to becoming a friendly face in many American living rooms, Griffith was a talented musician with early aspirations to be an opera singer. But instead he rose to fame as a monologist, delivering a parody of the Johnny Ray son "Please Mr. Sun" and the woodsy "What it Was, Was Football" (1953), one of the most popular recorded monologues of all time. Griffith turned to television with "No Time for Sergeants" (1955) - a role he reprised for the 1958 film of the same name - and made his feature debut with a thunderous dramatic performance as a manipulative, power-hungry grifter who becomes a television host in Elia Kazan's "A Face in the Crowd" (1957). He was a regular on "The Steve Allen Show" (1956-1964) before introducing Sheriff Andy Taylor alongside Ron Howard's Opie on the seventh season of "The Danny Thomas Show" (1953-1964). Following several spin-offs of "Andy Griffith" throughout the decades, he reprised his...

With his folksy, down-to-earth charm and winning smile, actor Andy Griffith brought a warm sincerity to his most popular roles - small-town Sheriff Andy Taylor on "The Andy Griffith Show" (CBS, 1960-68) and the crafty southern lawyer Ben Matlock on "Matlock" (NBC/ABC, 1986-1995). Prior to becoming a friendly face in many American living rooms, Griffith was a talented musician with early aspirations to be an opera singer. But instead he rose to fame as a monologist, delivering a parody of the Johnny Ray son "Please Mr. Sun" and the woodsy "What it Was, Was Football" (1953), one of the most popular recorded monologues of all time. Griffith turned to television with "No Time for Sergeants" (1955) - a role he reprised for the 1958 film of the same name - and made his feature debut with a thunderous dramatic performance as a manipulative, power-hungry grifter who becomes a television host in Elia Kazan's "A Face in the Crowd" (1957). He was a regular on "The Steve Allen Show" (1956-1964) before introducing Sheriff Andy Taylor alongside Ron Howard's Opie on the seventh season of "The Danny Thomas Show" (1953-1964). Following several spin-offs of "Andy Griffith" throughout the decades, he reprised his stardom as "Matlock" and made many noted guest appearances well into the new millennium. Meanwhile, over the course of his career, Griffith returned to his first love of music and won a Grammy for a 1997 gospel album. Often exerting strong creative control over his efforts, Griffith brought a sense of realism, charm and honesty to his shows and characters that managed to never stray into caricature, and whose appeal endured for generations of viewers.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Play the Game (2009)
3.
 Waitress (2007)
4.
 Daddy and Them (2001) Ot
5.
 Holiday Romance, A (1999) Jake Peterson
6.
 Scattering Dad (1998) Hiram
7.
 Spy Hard (1996) General Rancor
8.
 Gramps (1995) Jack Magruder
9.
 Matlock: The Heist (1995) Ben Matlock
10.
 Matlock: The Scam (1995) Ben Matlock
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Taught high school music in Goldsboro, NC for three years after graduating from college
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Struck out on a career as an entertainer; originally wanted to be a singer, but had more success with a monologue parodying popular Johnny Ray song "Please Mr. Sun"
1953:
Recorded "What It Was Was Football," one of the most popular comedic monologues of all time
1954:
Made TV debut guesting on an episode of "The Ed Sullivan Show" (CBS)
1954:
Read Mac Hayman's novel <i>No Time for Sergeants</i> and later found out that the Theatre Guild was presenting it as a play on TV, which was bound for Broadway; auditioned and won the role of Will Stockdale, playing it on TV's "U.S. Steel Hour" (ABC, CBS)
1955:
Made Broadway debut in "No Time for Sergeants"; received Tony nomination
1957:
Made feature film debut with a leading role in Elia Kazan's "A Face in the Crowd"
1956:
Appeared as a regular on the NBC variety series "The Steve Allen Show"
1959:
Returned to Broadway in the lead of the musicalized "Destry Rides Again"; received Tony nomination for Actor in a Musical
1960:
Starred as folksy sheriff and single father Andy Taylor on the popular CBS sitcom "The Andy Griffith Show"
1965:
Co-hosted his first TV variety special "The Andy Griffith-Don Knotts-Jim Nabors Show"
1968:
First TV producing credit, as executive producer of the "The Andy Griffith Show" spin-off "Mayberry R.F.D." (CBS)
1969:
First TV writing credit, "Looking Back", a nostalgic look at young people growing up during the 1930s
1970:
Starred as elite private school headmaster Andy Thompson on the CBS comedy-drama series "Headmaster"
1971:
Starred as Mayor Andy Sawyer on the CBS sitcom "The New Andy Griffith Show"
1972:
TV-movie acting debut, "The Strangers in 7A" (CBS)
1972:
Former production company Andy Griffith Enterprises
1974:
First TV production of Andy Griffith Enterprises, the TV-movie "Winter Kill" (ABC); also starred
1975:
Last leading role in a feature, "Hearts of the West"; took second billing to Jeff Bridges
1975:
Starred as Sheriff Sam Adams on the short-lived ABC crime drama series "Adams of Eagle Lake," which was produced by Andy Griffith Enterprises
1977:
Acted in first TV miniseries, "Washington: Behind Closed Doors" (ABC)
1979:
Starred as Harry Broderick on the ABC adventure series "Salvage 1"
1980:
Played Carroll Yeager on the short-lived ABC drama series "The Yeagers"
1981:
First supporting role on a TV series, the Western comedy "Best of the West" (ABC)
1986:
Played the title role of Benjamin L. Matlock on the courtroom drama series "Matlock" (NBC, 1986-1993; ABC, 1993-95); also co-executive produced
1986:
Executive produced and reprised Andy Taylor role in the TV-movie "Return to Mayberry" (NBC), the highest rated TV-movie of its season
1993:
Executive produced and hosted the CBS comedy compilation special "The Andy Griffith Show Reunion," which reunited cast members and included clips from the series
2001:
Landed supporting role in "Daddy and Them," starring Billy Bob Thornton, Laura Dern, and Diane Ladd
2001:
Guest starred on The WB's hit teen drama "Dawson's Creek"
2007:
Appeared as 'Old Joe,' the diner owner in the indie feature "Waitress"
2009:
Made final film appearance in the romantic comedy "Play the Game"
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Education

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Chapel Hill , North Carolina -

Notes

Received the Outstanding TV Personality of the Year award from the Advertising Club of Baltimore in 1968.

Inducted in the TV Hall of Fame, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1992.

Griffith suffered a heart attack in June 2000 and underwent quadruple bypass surgery.

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wife:
Barbara Griffith.
wife:
Cindi Griffith. Married c. 1983.

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son:
Andrew Samuel Griffith Jr. Real estate developer. Born c. 1957; died January 17, 1996.
daughter:
Dixie Griffith.
daughter:
Nan Griffith.

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